600 scholarships will be available at 25 Saudi universities to Pakistani students residing in Pakistan and in the kingdom
Pakistani education authorities say they hope students will take full advantage of the initiative
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's education authorities on Sunday welcomed a new initiative by Saudi Arabia to grant 600 scholarships to Pakistani students to pursue higher studies at universities in the kingdom.
The scholarship program of the Saudi education ministry was announced by Pakistan's embassy in Riyadh last week. It covers tuition, lodging, return air tickets, a three-month furnishing allowance for married student), medical care and a monthly stipend of between 850 and 900 riyals for Pakistani nationals to complete undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
“It is a great initiative of Saudi government and we want our students to take full advantage of it,” Farah Hamid Khan, federal education secretary, told Arab News. “We will publish it on the website of education ministry on Monday, so that information can reach out to maximum students.”
This undated file photo shows a teacher conducting a lecture in a class at the Mohammed Almana College for Health Sciences in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. (Photo courtesy: uoregon.edu)
Higher Education Commission spokesperson Ayesha Ikram also welcomed the program.
"It is hoped Pakistani students will avail this to improve their academic qualification," she said.
The scholarships will be available at 25 universities in the kingdom to students residing in Pakistan and those who have been living as expats in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan's ambassador to Riyadh, Bilal Akbar, told Arab News.
“Universities in the kingdom enjoy international reputation, it is a handsome opportunity for Pakistani students to come to Saudi Arabia to study at the levels of diploma, bachelor, master and doctorate,” he said, expressing hope educational linkages would further strengthen Pakistan-Saudi ties and people-to-people contacts.
Some prospective students say they have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.
“I was waiting for such opportunity for a long time. I would avail it to do post graduate (studies) in Islamic culture from Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh,” Sudees Akram, a student from Lahore, told Arab News.
“If I get admission under this scholarship, it will be like a dream come true."